Abundance of choice is evident in today’s landscape of commercial cladding materials. Ranging from metal and brick to stone, exterior insulation finish system (EIFS), and fiber cement, architects and building owners can align their aesthetic visions in several ways to create beautiful buildings finished with a mix of cladding types. However, preserving the integrity of those mixed-media façades is largely about what goes on behind the walls. With the variety of cladding materials available today, and designers’ penchants to combine styles and textures, it is essential to specify building envelope controls that are compatible with multiple cladding types. This balancing act between aesthetic preferences and air and moisture management is performed effectively by gypsum-integrated water-resistive barrier-air barrier (WRB-AB) sheathings.
An article in our newest sponsored e-book explores how these integrated materials streamline the entire construction process when different cladding selections are specified. It appears along with a couple of other articles in Sealing the Building Envelope, a free, downloadable resource. To get your copy in either pdf or digital edition, visit www.constructionspecifier.com/ebook/georgia-pacific-sealing-the-building-envelope-e-book.